A senior Chinese leader in charge of cultural affairs has called for improvements to the culture infrastructure and development of the culture industry in ethnic minority areas.
Li Changchun, a Standing Committee member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, said during his five-day tour of the southwestern Yunnan Province that the region should "further combine ethnic cultural resources with tourist industry development and protect and inherit cultural heritage while exploiting it."
Li said "cultural tourism" could help increase farmers' wealth, enhance national unity and social harmony and promote coordinated development between humanity and nature.
He called for expanded radio and TV coverage and building of rural libraries in every village, and the dubbing of more films for local ethnic minority people.
While visiting local mobile and Internet operators, Li said efforts should be made to ensure new media should spread "advanced socialist culture" in order to build a sound online environment for young people.
Li said Yunnan should bring its abundant biological resources into full play and strive to develop agriculture with local features and biomedicine among other emerging sectors.
He also encouraged local enterprises to increase spending on research and development and attract more first-class talents.
Li said Yunnan, a multi-ethnic region, should promote ethnic cohesion among its residents, and the region should become a key "bridgehead" for China to open up to its southwestern neighbors. Source: Xinhuahttp://paper.people.com.cn/rmrb/html/2010-11/16/nw.D110000renmrb_20101116_5-01.htm